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Man Charged In Murders, Attempted Rape At Senior Complex Referred For Exam

January 11, 2019 - 8:44 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man accused in a double murder and attempted rape at a east side senior housing complex will undergo an evaluation to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

James Fleming is accused of fatally shooting 50-year old Kenneth Hall, who was working his first day as a security guard, and 66-year old Bernice Clark last November at the Phillip G. Sims Senior Housing complex, on Dickerson. The shootings followed the attempted rape of female acquaintance.

According to police, a 30-year-old woman was visiting Fleming on Nov. 13, and both were using cocaine, when he tried to rape her. The woman pulled a fire alarm and was able to escape. A short time later, investigators say Fleming got into an argument with another resident and locked himself out of his apartment. When security guard Hall opened his door for him, police said Fleming fatally shot him. As he was fleeing the building, police say  Fleming fired several shots in the lobby, fatally striking Clark. 

Fleming was captured several days after the shooting, Nov. 19, in Virginia.

Fleming, a 69-year-old registered sex offender, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder, six counts of felony firearm, and one count each of kidnapping, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and felon in possession of a firearm.

A review of the case is now scheduled for April 10.